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The Paddy Power Blog team chase the Cheltenham dream by going through Tuesday’s card

We've all picked a horse and are trying to retire off a cheeky Lucky 31 on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival

by Josh Powell | March 11, 2014

In an attempt to spend the summer dining on fine steaks, drinking real ales, watching the World Cup and playing many, many frames of snooker on a beach far away from Power Tower, the Blog team are each picking a horse and going through Tuesday’s card at Cheltenham. It’s not that we don’t love our job, it’s just that we enjoy being on permanent jolly far more.

Some of us use stats, some use blind luck and others pick horses named after their genitals. That’s just how we roll.

1.30pm Supreme Novices’ Hurdle
Aidan – Chief Sports writer. Owns super-comfy special work slippers

‘The Liquidator at 25/1. He has solid course form having won by 15 lengths in the Supreme Trial at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting in November and a fourth in last year’s Champion Bumper at the Festival. Went on to win the Punchestown equivalent.’

2.05pm Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase
Sean – Sports Journalist. Does everything in his power to avoid meetings

‘Rock on Ruby at 9/2. The highest rated hurdler in the race (170) and, at nine years old, out to prove it’s not just a young man’s game’. A lot like Sean himself!

Rock on Ruby jumps

2.40pm Baylis and Harding Handicap Chase
Josh – Sports Journalist. Has a complete disregard for company liability. Hated by the Risk department

8/1 shot Alfie Sherrin. 12 of the last 13 winners of this race carried less than 11 stone and Alfie only has 10-9 and the Champ AP McCoy on his back. JP McManus has owned three of the last 11 winners and this should be four. Go and collect.’

3.20pm The Champion Hurdle
Paul – The Gaffer. Ex-keyboard player who enjoys a good pavlova

‘I can’t see past Hurricane Fly at 11/4. He’s bidding for a third Champion Hurdle and he’s got Ruby Walsh for company. My Tent Or Yours went and stood on a plug, don’t trust Sam Twiston-Davies, Danny Mullins has never won on Our Conor and Jezki is hoping for a place. Only one winner.’

Hurricane FlyIrish840

4.00pm The Mares’ Hurdle
Rob – Multimedia wizard. Enjoys UFC knockout GIFs and sausage rolls from the canteen in equal measure

Little King Robin at 100/1. That’s very close to the name of my junk, so he has to be a winner.’

Incredibly, if we stuck on a 25 cent Lucky 31 – costing a grand total of €15.50 – and all those horses managed to place, we’d leave the office with almost €1,900 in our back pockets. If they all defied the odds to win, we’d be up more than €212.5k and wouldn’t be seen around the building for quite some time.

This might not be the best punting strategy – after all Rob picked a horse named after his love-stick – but you have to have a dream if you want to have a dream come true.

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